Nestling in the foothills of the Himalayas, Nepal is a land of contrasts and incongruities – not least in the variety of its cultural, ethnic, and religious weave. The Nepalese attitude to life is essentially religious. Hindu and Buddhist values predominate and help to maintain social harmony despite the divisions between rich and poor, urban and rural, highlands and lowlands.
Culture Smart! Nepal sets out to explain the complexities of Nepalese life, from home to business, to the marketplace. It tells you what to expect, and provides insights that will help you to go beyond friendly smiles and turn your visit into an enlightening and rewarding experience.
To greet and to say good-bye in Nepal you put the palms of your hands together in front of your chest, as if praying, and say Namaste. This literally means “I salute the godly in you.” Raising the height of your hands shows increasing respect.